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ROBIN LOPEZ PROVING HE IS NOT HIS BROTHERS SIDEKICK

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The New York Knicks going into the 2015-16 season was stripped bare with only one star, Carmelo Anthony. But GM Phil Jackson started replenishing the cubbard and found names that were not famous, but familiar to NBA knowledgeables.

Robin Lopez, of Cuban descent, has turned out to be such an example. The 27 year old twin brother of the more known Brook Lopez, of the Brooklyn Nets, is playing a stellar center for the Knicks, his fourth team.

He is a terror for NBA mascots and a comic book enthusiast who also did Theater productions in his college days at Stanford University. But its the hardwood where his best work can be seen.

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Robin, whose wild hair and height is hard to miss, is putting in the production. He is averaging eleven points and nearly six rebounds per game for a Knick team who has surprised the league thus far at 4-4 and are on pace to smash their mere seventeen win total last season, the worst in franchise history. Robin has had a significant impact as his no nonsense attitude has forged a toughness to balance the style of Anthony.

In one contest he lost his shoe after a rebound but continued playing for a minute without requesting any timeouts. He is contributing a mindset that confirms Robin is not the second best Lopez and no mere sidekick.

What You Didn’t Know about Carmelo Anthony

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Carmelo Anthony was born in Brooklyn, New York to an African American mother, Mary and Puerto Rican father who he is named after. He is the youngest of four and before his third birthday his father passed away , leaving Mary a struggling single mother.

While his mother worked as a housekeeper, his much older siblings helped to raise him as they lived in the projects of Red Hook. To pass the time, Anthony would watch hours of March Madness and NBA Playoff games.

After the passing of his father, his life would go on to change more once his siblings went on their own paths and left home. This time around, Mary had to take care of Anthony on her own and she moved her son to Baltimore when he was eight. What she didn’t know was that the area called the “The Pharmacy,” was plagued by drugs, prostitution and crime.

To keep her son away from trouble she threatened to keep him off the basketball court if he didn’t behave. This incentive would later help him in his high school, college and NBA career as a basketball player. By 1999, the high school sophomore from Towson Catholic High School was becoming one of the best ball players in the Baltimore area.

Although he was 6’5″, Anthony and his mother knew he wasn’t ready for the big leagues of basketball yet.  To keep from slipping with grades in school, Anthony later attended the strict Oak Hill Academy, and worked out more so that he would go from a skinny high school basketball player to become a possible division one college prospect. By the time he graduated he went to Syracuse University where he shined by helping the team out of a slump to become a winning streak that led to the Big East Tournament semifinals.

From this point, the freshman and his teammates knew he had what it would take to join the NBA. He left college, with his coach’s support, and he became part of the top three picks in the NBA for 2003. He was selected by the much beleaguered Denver Nuggets. Once again, this time he went even further than his college team and brought the Nuggets to the playoffs, and later that year helped the U.S. win a bronze medal in the Olympics.

More change would come in Anthony’s life. His behavior on and off the court started leading to his reputation as being “thug like,” and he knew that he quickly had to change his ways. In 2008, the U.S. Olympic team would win a gold medal at the Beijing games redeeming themselves from the previous Olympics. When it came to playing in the U.S., the Nuggets went through turnover after turnover with coaches. After eight years with the Nuggets, Anthony was traded for the Knicks.

If there was anyone to help mellow Anthony out during that transition to the Knicks, it was Alani “La La” Vasquez, his girlfriend since 2004. In 2007, the couple welcomed their only child, son Kiyan and by 2010 the couple had married shortly before the trade announcement. In 2011, the Knicks made it to the playoffs and Anthony tied his postseason personal high of 42 points. Now, Anthony is playing for the team that he grew up watching during his childhood.

Fun Facts

  • Anthony is the only player to be on all three of EA Sports basketball covers
  • He donated $35,000 to the Indian Ocean Tsunami relief efforts
  • He won the Big East Rookie of the Year Award 10 times surpassing Allen Iverson even though he was in college for one year
  • He says he has a pet camel
  • Carmelo Anthony became the sixth youngest and the 40th player to score 20,000 points in his career this year

 

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2013 NBA Playoffs: Pacers eliminate Knicks

New York native Roy Hibbert and his Indiana Pacers dealt the death blow to the Knicks' season Saturday night.

New York native Roy Hibbert and his Indiana Pacers dealt the death blow to the Knicks’ season Saturday night.

New York Knicks fans’ worst fears came true last night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where their team’s season was ended by the Indiana Pacers.

The Pacers, 106-99 winners over New York in Game 6, move on to play the defending NBA champion Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals (Game 1 is on Wednesday), while the Knicks organization will likely mull whether it should enter a rebuilding phase this summer.

Carmelo Anthony (39 points) and his teammates—most notably Iman Shumpert (19 points) and Chris Copeland (three 3-pointers)—fought valiantly to erase a double-digit deficit in the second half of Game 6, but the Pacers’ Roy Hibbert (21 points), Paul George (23 points), Lance Stephenson (25 points), George Hill (12 points) and David West (17 points) were the much better starting unit.

Not since 1973 have the Knicks won an NBA title. Add another year to that drought.

2013 NBA Playoffs: New York Knicks’ season on brink

Paul George and the Indiana Pacers are one win away from moving on to the Eastern Conference finals after defeating the Knicks 93-82 in Game 4.

Paul George and the Indiana Pacers are one win away from moving on to the Eastern Conference finals after defeating the Knicks 93-82 in Game 4.

If you thought a New York Knicks loss to the Indiana Pacers in Game 4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse would signal the end of their season, their season must feel pretty over to you this morning.

New York lost to Indiana 93-82 Tuesday night, falling behind in the Eastern Conference semifinals 3-1. Knicks star Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points on the night, but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter.

Pacers guard George Hill attempted only 14 shots, but he made nine of them and went 6 for 9 from the free throw line for a game-high 26 points. Hill’s teammate, 6-foot-8 forward Paul George, filled up the stat sheet, recording 18 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks.

The Pacers had a 16 to 11 edge in offensive rebounds—leading to 19 second-chance points—and outrebounded the Knicks overall 54-36. They also outscored the Knicks 36-26 in the paint, highlighting both New York’s heavy reliance on (and thus far, poor) jump-shooting and the effectiveness of the Pacers’ Roy Hibbert-led interior defense.

The series resumes at 8 p.m. ET Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

2013 NBA Playoffs: Knicks blow out Pacers 105-79 in Game 2

The Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (l.) and Raymond Felton (r.) enjoyed a laugher over the Pacers in Game 2.

The Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (l.) and Raymond Felton (r.) enjoyed a laugher over the Pacers in Game 2.

The New York Knicks bounced back from their lackluster effort last Sunday in Game 1 of their second-round series vs. the Indiana Pacers, winning Game 2 at home Tuesday night 105-79.

New York’s blowout victory—facilitated by the Knicks’ field goal percentage of .495 (44 of 89) on the night—evens the best-of-seven at a game apiece. Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony had what was easily his best game in over a week, dropping a game-high 32 points on Indiana on 13 of 26 shooting.

The Knicks’ starting backcourt was also very efficient in the Game 2 win. Iman Shumpert, Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni finished with 15, 14 and 10 points, respectively, and combined for five 3-pointers in seven attempts.

Indiana’s Paul George scored a team-high 20 points, and George Hill and David West chipped in with 12 and 13 points, respectively.

The series shifts to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis for Game 3 Saturday night. Saturday’s matchup is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET.

2013 NBA Playoffs: New York Knicks lose again to Boston Celtics

Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks suffered a huge letdown in Game 5 vs. the Boston Celtics Wednesday night.

Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks suffered a huge letdown in Game 5 vs. the Boston Celtics Wednesday night.

Once up 3-0 in their first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics, the New York Knicks this week have the appearance of a team that is in a world of trouble.

On Wednesday, the Knicks missed another opportunity to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals, falling to Boston 92-86 before a stunned crowd at Madison Square Garden.

The Celtics’ seven-man rotation proved too much for the frustrated Knicks, overcoming an 11-0, first-quarter deficit and taking a 45-39 advantage into halftime. The Celtics were quite balanced on offense in Game 5, producing five players—Kevin Garnett (16), Jason Terry (17), Paul Pierce (16), Jeff Green (18) and Brandon Bass (17)—who scored at least 16 points.

Carmelo Anthony, who played through a left shoulder injury he sustained in the second half, and Raymond Felton combined for 43 points, the same amount that the eight other Knicks who played in Wednesday’s game scored collectively. Not good.

Both teams attempted 22 3-pointers in Game 5, but Boston knocked down 11 to New York’s five. The series shifts to Boston’s TD Garden on Friday night for Game 6, which starts at 7 p.m. ET. New York, despite dropping two straight games to Boston, leads the series 3-2.

Active NBA player comes out

Veteran NBA center Jason Collins.

Veteran NBA center Jason Collins.

In a piece that will be featured in the May 6, 2013 edition of Sports Illustrated, 34-year-old National Basketball Association center Jason Collins reveals he is gay.

Collins, a 7-footer from Northridge, Calif. whose identical twin, Jarron, also played in the NBA, is the first active player in any of the major American professional sports leagues—the NBA, National Hockey League, National Football League and Major League Baseball—to make such a revelation.

Here’s an excerpt from Collins’ announcement:

"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay.

I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, ‘I’m different.’ If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.

My journey of self-discovery and self-acknowledgement began in my hometown of Los Angeles and has taken me through two state high school championships, the NCAA Final Four and the Elite Eight, and nine playoffs in 12 NBA seasons.

I’ve played for six pro teams and have appeared in two NBA Finals. Ever heard of a parlor game called Three Degrees of Jason Collins? If you’re in the league, and I haven’t been your teammate, I surely have been one of your teammates’ teammates. Or one of your teammates’ teammates’ teammates.

Now I’m a free agent, literally and figuratively. I’ve reached that enviable state in life in which I can do pretty much what I want. And what I want is to continue to play basketball. I still love the game, and I still have something to offer. My coaches and teammates recognize that. At the same time, I want to be genuine and authentic and truthful.”

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2013 NBA Playoffs: Knicks beat Celtics 90-76 in Game 3, lead series 3-0

2013 NBA Playoffs: J.R. Smith (r.) and Carmelo Anthony (l.) have New York on the brink of completing a four-game sweep of the Boston Celtics.

2013 NBA Playoffs: J.R. Smith (r.) and Carmelo Anthony (l.) have New York on the brink of completing a four-game sweep of the Boston Celtics.

Big Apple basketball fans haven’t witnessed the New York Knicks close out a playoff series in 13 years, but a victory over the Boston Celtics on Sunday ends that forgettable drought.

The Knicks dominated the Celtics in Game 3 at TD Garden Friday night, beating their hosts 90-76 behind Carmelo Anthony’s game-high 26 points and 15-point outputs by Raymond Felton and J.R. Smith. Four Celtics—Kevin Garnett (12), Paul Pierce (17), Jeff Green (21) and Jason Terry (14)—reached double digits in points, but New York’s bench outscored Boston’s 30-10.

The contest featured some fourth-quarter drama, but it had little to do with how competitive the game was. With 7:06 left in regulation and New York leading 78-59, Smith was charged with a flagrant foul 2 and ejected for elbowing Terry on the chin. Celtics players and coaches had to restrain Terry, a 14-year veteran, after the guard got back on his feet, but Smith quickly made his way off the court without further incident.

As of 8:30 a.m. ET Saturday, the NBA has not revealed how it will, if at all, discipline Smith for his act. Smith could be fined, suspended for one game (Game 4), or both.

2013 NBA Playoffs: Knicks up 2-0 on Celtics

With Tuesday's 87-71 win, Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Co. lead their best-of-seven, first-round series vs. Boston 2-0.

With Tuesday’s 87-71 win, Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Co. lead their best-of-seven, first-round series vs. Boston 2-0.

The New York Knicks are now two wins away from advancing to the NBA Eastern Conference semifinal round after manhandling the Boston Celtics 87-71 at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night.

New York’s Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 34 points on 11 of 24 shooting, and J.R. Smith and Raymond Felton added 19 and 16 points, respectively.

Small forward Paul Pierce led Boston with 18 points, but his team, after taking a 48-42 lead into halftime, was held to 33 points in the second half. The Knicks scored 32 points in the third quarter alone.

The Knicks’ second-half defense yielded a similar result in Game 1. New York, en route to winning 85-78 Saturday, limited Boston to 25 points in the third and fourth quarters combined.

The Knicks haven’t won a playoff series since 2000, a year they advanced to the Eastern Conference finals.

Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony scores 50 points in win over Miami Heat

The New York Knicks (47-26) are 9-0 since March 18.

The New York Knicks (47-26) are 9-0 since March 18.

New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony played like a man possessed at AmericanAirlines Arena Tuesday night, scoring 50 points on 18 of 26 shooting in a 102-90 win over the Miami Heat (58-16).

In just over 40 minutes of action, Anthony hit seven 3-pointers in 10 attempts and seven free throws in eight attempts. His 50 points vs. Miami—which, it should be noted, rested All-Star duo Dwyane Wade and LeBron James as a precaution Tuesday—matched his career high.

Anthony’s previous (and only other) 50-point output came against the Knicks (47-26) in 2010 while he was a member of the Denver Nuggets.

With Tuesday’s win, the Knicks—now winners of nine consecutive games—took their season series vs. the Heat 3-1.